The weekend was awful because I had this lower back pain just above my left glute – like a sharp discomfort, walking on the Saturday was difficult, even sitting down didn’t help. Sunday evening I put an icepack on and this morning I felt surprisingly ok – in time for tap too! I slept well for a change. I ‘trimmed’ my tap shoes too… by trimming, the shoe guy took a chunk out of my left side – ouch! The edge was catching the floor last week so decided to ‘operate’ on them, I just didn’t expect such a large bit taken off! My poor baby savagely butchered!
Ailsa was very kind to us this evening, she slowed the tempo and let us work on techniques, my absolute favourite thing! It was a joy to hear our own steps for a change, not that SPEEED isn’t good because the change of pace allowed us to judge our development – my steps were cleaner, even the maxi fords came out ok because it was a fraction slower. I was much happier with the across-the-room, it was easier on my knees and back too. Still struggled with wings, it was better but am recovering slowly.
We continued with the lovely routine, I’m getting the gist of it now – I always need repetition to get it through my thick skull, but it’s good. Rehearsal went ok too, we welcomed the Beginners because there aren’t enough of them for one piece. Slowly we worked through and added to the routine, it was quite productive to be honest. We had a good laugh. I’m beginning to write the routine up, I like to memorise from a sheet of paper, it’s handy without needing to pull a video out. Been a lovely hour, I came out injury-free which was a bonus!
Grace is our new teacher. Talk about energy! She was tough but I think Laura is still the toughest in warm-ups! It was great to learn new interpretation of Jazz – the amount of arm work threw me off guard but I did my best. We did a lot of familiar things but slightly differently, I think everyone enjoyed it too. I hope she can convert them into regulars!
I couldn’t work out what style of Jazz she was teaching, it had all the core traditional elements but there were touches of ‘glitz’ – such as the step-kicks, Grace added step-kick AND slide which sort of looks cool but also add control and strength to an otherwise normal step. I found Josh was similar to Ailsa, there’s rigidity, discipline and control, Laura is energy, funk and showbiz, I think Grace is power and style (-ish, still too early to tell!). It’s something new, as long as the core fundamentals are there I guess it’s good. I hope she can grab this class by the throat and make it hers.
The routine was very short and fast, I think she’s seeing how we memorise them (not well!). She asked us to perform without her, it didn’t go that well – my mind went blank mainly cos I was still processing the steps! It’d be nice if she can watch Ailsa or someone else and pick up some ideas from them, teaching dancers and non-dancers are very different.
The hour disappeared, I had a brief chat with her, she seems a very nice person. I’m looking forward already. I slipped back into the cold wet night and… that’s another day, I am knackered! Totally worth it though, two really good classes!